Archinect - News 2017-09-24T10:16:47-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150028743/from-chicago-to-pittsburgh-in-47-minutes-hyperloop-one-global-challenge-announces-10-winning-teams-routes-in-north-america-europe-south-asia From Chicago to Pittsburgh in 47 minutes: Hyperloop One Global Challenge announces 10 winning teams & routes in North America, Europe, South Asia Alexander Walter 2017-09-15T15:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T15:31:35-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8d81mnrhk94nkp1i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8d81mnrhk94nkp1i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8d81mnrhk94nkp1i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8d81mnrhk94nkp1i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Hyperloop One just announced the winners of its <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149985681/hyperloop-one-announces-35-semifinalists-in-17-countries-for-its-global-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">global challenge</a>, unveiling ten teams from five countries with their proposals of the strongest routes for future <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/320195/hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> connections. As a next step, the company plans to work with the teams and expert business and engineering partners to determine technical feasibility and commercial viability.</p> <p>Architecture &amp; engineering giant <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/106465/aecom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a> was announced in a supporting function in a newly formed public-private partnership between Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation to launch a feasibility study in Colorado examining transportation demand, economic benefits, proposed routes, regulatory environments as well as alignment with overall CDOT high-speed travel, rail and freight plans.</p> <p>The ten winning route proposals (listed below) connect 53 urban centers and impact nearly 150 million people in Canada, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the company says.<br></p> <p><strong>United States: Chicago-&shy;Columbus-&shy;Pittsburgh</strong><br>4...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150028389/the-aia-urges-lawmakers-to-reject-rollbacks-and-issues-seven-infrastructure-principles The AIA urges lawmakers to reject rollbacks and issues seven infrastructure principles Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-13T19:54:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T06:12:38-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/g9/g9oeuz514day5p7o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/g9/g9oeuz514day5p7o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/g9/g9oeuz514day5p7o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/g9/g9oeuz514day5p7o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/238/aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects</a> released a statement this morning, in light of damage wrought by <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1001165/hurricane-harvey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hurricanes Harvey</a> and <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1008449/hurricane-irma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irma</a>, urging policy makers to reject any weakening of building codes. <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/599616/thomas-vonier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President Thomas Vonier</a> advocated for state and federal legislators to reject attempts to roll back protections pointing out that "designing buildings to minimize damage from such natural disasters as hurricanes matters not only for public health, safety, and welfare; it also makes complete economic sense."</p> <p>The AIA went on to remind that, like bridges and highways, America's buildings are infrastructure too, and as such, are crumbling. "Unless we include buildings in the discussion about our nation&rsquo;s infrastructure renewal" the statement warned, "taxpayers will be stuck with decrepit community places, higher bills when repairs come due and structures vulnerable to disasters and threats."</p> <p>Along with the above cautions, the AIA also released the following principles on infrastructure</p> <ol><li><em>Infrastruc...</em></li></ol> https://archinect.com/news/article/150026755/angels-flight-the-world-s-shortest-railway-is-reborn-and-dies-again Angels Flight, the world's shortest railway, is reborn and dies again Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-07T19:01:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T19:15:04-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/70oe2z0z11vi9tkx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/70oe2z0z11vi9tkx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/70oe2z0z11vi9tkx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/70oe2z0z11vi9tkx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The unexpected closure of Angels Flight on Monday, four days after the funicular&rsquo;s grand reopening, seemed a fitting twist for a railway that has operated in fits and starts for half a century.&#8203; Since its reopening, 21 years ago, Angels Flight has been shut down more than half the time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles's well known car culture quite efficiently dismantled the city's public transportation, passenger railway system, and the now long-gone network of red&nbsp;cars. Yet, one passenger train, and the smallest of all, keeps rising from the ashes &mdash; and dying again.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Angels Flight, the shortest railway in the world, reopened on August 31st in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/140492150/benjamin-ball-of-ball-nogues-studio-shares-some-of-his-favorite-downtown-los-angeles-destinations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown Los Angeles</a>. Its comeback, after four years of absence, was short-lived and the funicular closed again for maintenance on September 4th.&nbsp;</p> <p>The train reopened today, the 7th. Ride it while it lasts!&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150023408/after-nixing-two-other-business-groups-trump-abandons-plans-for-council-on-infrastructure After nixing two other business groups, Trump abandons plans for Council on Infrastructure Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-18T19:07:00-04:00 >2017-08-21T16:38:12-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hb/hbo38iidyh3yzmfs.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hb/hbo38iidyh3yzmfs.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hb/hbo38iidyh3yzmfs.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hb/hbo38iidyh3yzmfs.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The infrastructure council, which was still being formed, would have advised Trump on his plan to spend as much as $1 trillion upgrading roads, bridges and other public works. Its cancellation follows Trump&rsquo;s announcement Wednesday that he was disbanding two other business advisory panels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After multiple CEO's began quitting both the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum in protest of Trump's response to Charlottesville, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/460982/donald-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the 45th President</a> has decided to not move forward with the Council on Infrastructure, still in the process of being formed. The council was to have 15 members across real estate, finance, and labor sectors that would advise the President on the funding, support and delivery of infrastructure projects.&nbsp;The announcement of its abandonment comes on the heels of an executive order that would expedite reviewing and permitting processes on major construction projects.</p> <p>Fixing the country's crumbling infrastructure has been one of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977832/president-elect-donald-trump-renews-pledge-to-invest-in-american-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">key promises coming out of Trump's Presidential campaign</a>. Some may remember his odd citing during a Presidential debate of LAX as an example of the United States' "third-world" infrastructure. While stated with the comically brash impulsiveness number 45 has become known for, America's deteriorating ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150023446/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-seventh-consecutive-year Melbourne named world’s most liveable city for seventh consecutive year Alexander Walter 2017-08-18T18:38:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T04:40:40-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7o/7osjxnhaeljblwsx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7o/7osjxnhaeljblwsx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7o/7osjxnhaeljblwsx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7o/7osjxnhaeljblwsx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Melbourne, Australia has been ranked as the most &ldquo;liveable&rdquo; city in the world for the seventh consecutive year by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The EIU&rsquo;s benchmark annual report titled &ldquo;The Global Liveability Report 2017,&rdquo; ranks 140 cities in order of best living conditions. Melbourne&rsquo;s 97.5 score is down to perfect assessments in health care, education, and infrastructure, as well as hitting over 95 in stability, and culture and environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/489948/economist-intelligence-unit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in previous years</a>, the top 10 list is mostly comprised of major cities in Australia and Canada, while <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149275269/vienna-holds-top-position-as-world-s-nicest-city-for-business-professionals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vienna</a> &mdash;&nbsp;once again &mdash;&nbsp;<em>barely</em> misses the first spot by 0.1 percentage points overall. Auckland, Helsinki, and Hamburg manage to claim some coveted spots at the top for their respective countries.&nbsp;</p> <p>The world's top cities for liveability in 2017 are:<br></p> <ol><li>Melbourne, Australia</li><li>Vienna, Austria</li><li>Vancouver, Canada</li><li>Toronto, Canada</li><li>Calgary, Canada</li><li>Adelaide, Australia</li><li>Perth, Australia</li><li>Auckland, New Zealand</li><li>Helsinki, Finland</li><li>Hamburg, Germany</li></ol> https://archinect.com/news/article/150023198/plans-for-dc-s-frederick-douglass-memorial-bridge-upgrade-are-revealed Plans for DC's Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge upgrade are revealed Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-17T14:18:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T23:10:45-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6il7w5dni7arhqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6il7w5dni7arhqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6il7w5dni7arhqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6il7w5dni7arhqp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge sits across the Anacostia River in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/35048/washington-dc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington, D.C</a>. Named after the prominent American abolitionist, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2899/bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bridge</a> was built in 1950 and today, makes crossing the river possible for 77,000 daily commuters.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the decades, the bridge has deteriorated faster than maintenance can keep up with, as is quite common among America's aging infrastructure. Despite a $27 million renovation in 2007, large corrosion holes in the structural beams necessitated its complete replacement and in 2012, city officials announced plans to replace and realign the bridge.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>After initial bridge designs were rejected by the National Capitol Planning Commission and the United States Commission of Fine Arts for being "uninspired," DDOT has now revealed a much bolder look for the suspension bridge.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/uo/uo02crw1ekfn1jsx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/uo/uo02crw1ekfn1jsx.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Thursday unveiled the design of the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. (DDOT)</figcaption></figure><p>Consisting of&nbsp;three sets of parallel white arches, the 1,600 foot lo...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018573/amid-mta-s-disastrous-summer-cuomo-moves-forward-with-expensive-plan-to-turn-ny-s-bridges-into-a-light-show Amid MTA's disastrous Summer, Cuomo moves forward with expensive plan to turn NY's bridges into a light show Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-20T14:58:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T11:43:59-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/22/22heikm3n7giiyvv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/22/22heikm3n7giiyvv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/22/22heikm3n7giiyvv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/22/22heikm3n7giiyvv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The project, part of a broader plan called &ldquo;New York Crossings,&rdquo; would outfit the MTA&rsquo;s seven bridges and two tunnels &mdash; and the Port Authority&rsquo;s George Washington Bridge &mdash; with pulsating, multicolored LED lights that can be choreographed with each other, with the Empire State Building and with One World Trade.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150005378/will-ny-governor-cuomo-be-able-to-fix-penn-station-s-problems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MTA's crumbling infrastructure</a> has been making headlines since April and the situation does not appear to be getting any better for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/160/new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC</a> transiters; three-quarters of the city's subway lines are plagued by chronic delays and frustrated riders continue to overcrowd the system.</p> <p></p> <p><br>While the parties involved point fingers and place blame every which way they can,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/628442/governor-andrew-cuomo/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo,</a> has faced growing pressure to fix the system.<br></p> <p>Among the list of complaints being lodged against the Chief of State, are critiques of his plan to turn the region's bridges into a choreographed light show in concert with the city's skyscrapers. The cost of the lighting scheme has not been revealed though an early internal estimate put the price tag at $350 mill. In addition, where funding will come from remains unclear&mdash;a spokesman for Cuomo stated that "this is definitively NOT being paid for by the MTA," though a meeting back in January had suggested otherwise. Regardless of who picks up the tab, c...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150009978/china-leads-world-in-investing-in-africa-especially-in-egyptian-building-projects China leads world in investing in Africa, especially in Egyptian building projects Julia Ingalls 2017-05-30T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T13:25:41-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43arxjbyjgigv3lr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43arxjbyjgigv3lr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43arxjbyjgigv3lr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43arxjbyjgigv3lr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>How will China's $36.1 billion dollar investment shape the future of Africa? While China only has 66 projects over the continent compared to the United States' 91 projects, it has pledged about ten times the total amount of money, and the lion's share of that cash is earmarked for Egypt. As <a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/trends/how-china-dwarfs-all-oth7ers-inves7ting-afr7ica/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a> notes:</p><p><em>The largest recipient of Chinese money is Egypt, which accounts for 25% of its African FDI. Here, China&rsquo;s involvement is overwhelmingly in the construction and infrastructure sector, and it has plans to spend $15b on 15 electricity, infrastructure and transport projects. This would have been higher still if it had not in February pulled out of a $20bn plan to build a new capital city.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150008910/uma-proposes-a-kilometer-long-infinity-pool-for-stockholm-s-waterfront UMA proposes a kilometer-long infinity pool for Stockholm's waterfront Nicholas Korody 2017-05-23T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T18:45:49-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yf/yfmy42czv4469zfo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yf/yfmy42czv4469zfo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yf/yfmy42czv4469zfo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yf/yfmy42czv4469zfo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>There&rsquo;s long lap pools, and then there&rsquo;s UMA&rsquo;s design for Stockholm&mdash;a kilometer long infinity pool that serves as tourist attraction, recreational facility, and even infrastructure. The idea is to extend a walkway stretching from the northern part of S&ouml;derman to the eastern point out over the motorway that currently takes up most of the waterfront.&nbsp;</p><p>Perched on a load bearing structure made of a repetitive steel console structure bolted to the bedrock, the infinity pool would contain water pumped from the Baltic Sea and cleaned in a small treatment plant. The water would be heated with waste heat. According to the designers, you could even swim in parts of it during the spring and fall. In the winter, meanwhile, the temperature would be lowered to the point where the water freezes over, enabling ice skating.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d1/d1zok77hwqaiekpy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uu/uukpaify70dijxlv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vr/vr9dqid0vwrs8sun.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x2/x29d7loyasu2dssn.jpg"></p><p>According to the designers, the pool would create the illusion of an unobstructed connection between the waterfront and the adjacent Baltic Sea. Dressing rooms, showers and other f...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150006999/this-bacteria-infused-concrete-heals-when-cracked This bacteria-infused concrete "heals" when cracked Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T12:35:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T14:22:11-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dh/dhwixmo5mc1wj1e3.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dh/dhwixmo5mc1wj1e3.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dh/dhwixmo5mc1wj1e3.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dh/dhwixmo5mc1wj1e3.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>While there's no word on what would happen if someone skinned their knee on this bacteria-infused concrete, the premise is certainly intriguing in theory: concrete that patches cracks in itself for up to 200 years after its initial formation. Here's a brief video outlining the process:</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150000605/georgia-gov-nathan-deal-declares-state-of-emergency-after-i-85-bridge-in-atlanta-collapses-from-fire Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declares state of emergency after I-85 bridge in Atlanta collapses from fire Justine Testado 2017-03-31T15:03:00-04:00 >2017-03-31T15:07:57-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/js/js9r9ancw4yyr2ln.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/js/js9r9ancw4yyr2ln.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/js/js9r9ancw4yyr2ln.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/js/js9r9ancw4yyr2ln.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Transportation officials in Georgia are scrambling to cope with a crisis, after a huge fire caused a bridge on Interstate 85 to collapse in Atlanta on Thursday night. Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency, and with the heavily used road closed in both directions, drivers are being told to find other options &mdash; from detours to mass transit. Friday morning, officials said they don't yet know what caused the fire or how long repairs will take.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Atlanta's Interstate 85 was first built&nbsp;in 1953 and reconstructed in 1985 to accommodate increased traffic. The closure affects a crucial 3-mile portion, which carries up to 400,000 vehicles a day.&nbsp;U.S. DOT Secretary <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/860112/elaine-chao" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elaine Chow</a>&nbsp;directed Federal Highway Administration officials <a href="http://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot2817" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to grant $10 million</a> in emergency funds to begin repairing the bridge.</p><p>&ldquo;Approximately 700 feet of the roadway &ndash; 350 feet northbound and 350 feet southbound &mdash; will be removed and replaced including support columns. Demolition will begin this weekend and will continue into Monday, April 3,&rdquo; the Georgia DOT <a href="http://www.dot.ga.gov/AboutGeorgia/Pages/GDOTAnnouncementDetails.aspx?postID=159" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> today.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150000256/the-dafne-schippers-bridge-in-utrecht-doubles-as-a-school-and-a-garden The Dafne Schippers Bridge in Utrecht doubles as a school and a garden Nicholas Korody 2017-03-29T17:07:00-04:00 >2017-03-30T11:05:30-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c1/c14p1ulkbyovadiy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c1/c14p1ulkbyovadiy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c1/c14p1ulkbyovadiy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c1/c14p1ulkbyovadiy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/35939293/next-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NEXT Architects</a> and Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau in collaboration with Arup and Bureau B+B, the Dafne Schippers Bridge integrates a cycle and pedestrian bridge spanning the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal in Utrecht with a school and public garden. Opening on April 3, the bridge-cum-school is intended to make the bridge a &ldquo;destination&rdquo; as well as a piece of infrastructure.</p><p>"In one fluid movement, the cycle route, park, and school are brought together to form a cohesive whole of infrastructure, architecture, and landscape," states Marijn Schenk, NEXT architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r4/r4jbf98so4d86w8f.jpg"></p><p>In total, the Dafne Schippers Bridge measures 110 meters long. Its deck is 9 meters above the water. The Bridge is held between two asymmetric pylons. On the Leidsche Rijn side, the pylon is intended to serve as a landmark. On the side with the school, a smaller pylon lines up with a row of trees. 7,000 cyclists are expected to use the bridge on a daily basis to quicken their commute.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149999773/sn-hetta-designs-a-boat-tunnel-in-norway Snøhetta designs a "boat tunnel" in Norway Nicholas Korody 2017-03-27T17:01:00-04:00 >2017-03-27T18:33:05-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3l/3l8jt7pcplgo3a82.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3l/3l8jt7pcplgo3a82.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3l/3l8jt7pcplgo3a82.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3l/3l8jt7pcplgo3a82.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Sn&oslash;hetta has designed a &ldquo;boat tunnel&rdquo; that would allow ships to run beneath a mountain in Norway. With a whopping $272 million price tag, the mile-long tunnel would enable ships to safely avert the dangerous waters off the Stad Peninsula.</p><p>150 feet tall and 118 feet wide, the tunnel would be designed to accommodate massive cargo ships. Sn&oslash;hetta propose a terraced stone entrance. &ldquo;In such a delicate landscape, the tunnel has to be more than just an intervention in nature. We put a lot of effort in making it aesthetically appealing,&rdquo; states project manager Terje Andreassen. A bridge would allow tourists to watch the ships pass by.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v0/v082n4bvz7ml3cm2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6r/6r3hz6b6aagqip3k.jpg"></p><p>Apparently, it&rsquo;s not actually a new idea. Back in 1874, a similar&mdash;mechanically speaking&mdash;idea was proposed.&nbsp; Over the last seventy years, the turbulent waters in the area have resulted in the death of 33 people.</p><p>Currently, a feasibility study is underway, with construction slated for 2019.</p><p><a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/norway-plans-ship-tunnel-av7oid-de7adly-stadh7avet/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H/T Global Construction Review</a></p>... https://archinect.com/news/article/149996595/in-new-report-u-s-infrastructure-scores-a-d In new report, U.S. infrastructure scores a D+ Nicholas Korody 2017-03-10T17:53:00-05:00 >2017-03-13T14:25:41-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2g/2g07kjrm5132qp1c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2g/2g07kjrm5132qp1c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2g/2g07kjrm5132qp1c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2g/2g07kjrm5132qp1c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The American Society of Civil Engineers releases a report every four years that details the conditions and performance of American infrastructure. The group gives a letter grade&mdash;like with a school report card&mdash;and this year, America got a failing D+.</p><p>Some of the dismal findings include:</p><ul><li>Only 51% of U.S. households report that they&rsquo;re able to get to a grocery store using public transportation.</li><li>35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.</li><li>The need for wastewater infrastructure exceeds $271B.</li></ul><p></p><p>Check out the full report <a href="http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ASCE-Failure-to-Act-2016-FINAL.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149994433/transit-hubs-increasingly-designed-to-serve-as-desirable-and-profitable-public-spaces Transit hubs increasingly designed to serve as desirable (and profitable) public spaces Julia Ingalls 2017-02-28T17:36:00-05:00 >2017-03-01T07:14:28-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jn/jn0b8elybtyb8jyn.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jn/jn0b8elybtyb8jyn.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jn/jn0b8elybtyb8jyn.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jn/jn0b8elybtyb8jyn.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The notion of spending time at a subway stop or other major transit center for pleasure may strike you as odd, but many cities and transportation companies are investing heavily in building up this part of their infrastructure to create desirable public spaces (it adds a whole new dimension to "mixed-use"). In this feature by <a href="http://www.constructiondive.com/news/full-steam-ahead-why-transit-hub-development-is-seeing-a-resurgence/436694/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kim Slowey for Construction Dive</a>, the shift in investment is explored:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Architecture firm HOK designed the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodel Center&nbsp;(ARTIC) in California, a 21st century take on the massive transit halls of the past. Finished in 2014, using steel and ethylene tetrafluoroethylene "pillows," designers created a hangar-like, light-filled area that makes room for dining and shopping, as well as for additional future commercial development.</em></p><p><em>Skanska also completed an ultra-modern, $4 billion&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.usa.skanska.com/by-the-numbers-how-we-built-the-wtc-transportation-hub-and-oculus/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Trade Center Transportation Hub</a>&nbsp;last year, which connects city subway lines and PATH trains to New Jersey, to replace the one destroyed in the Sept.&nbsp;...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149993608/driverless-future-a-challenge-to-shape-the-impact-of-autonomous-transportation DRIVERLESS FUTURE: A challenge to shape the impact of autonomous transportation Sponsor 2017-02-23T17:33:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T18:31:56-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/84/84nwojibg0zdi53w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/84/84nwojibg0zdi53w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/84/84nwojibg0zdi53w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/84/84nwojibg0zdi53w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><a href="http://blankspaceproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/92/92k1x98i5jmudf7w.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://blankspaceproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><em>The Driverless Future challenge seeks proposals that actively shape NYC&rsquo;s response to driverless technology - will offer resources to help finalists transform their proposals into real companies and products.</em></p><p>Blank Space is proud to announce the&nbsp;<strong>Driverless Future</strong>&nbsp;challenge, a global competition to shape the impact of autonomous transportation in NYC, with a prize purse worth over $60,000 for the 4 top teams. The focus of the challenge is not on the cars themselves, but everything else: from parking solutions, to mass transit, accessibility, shipping, logistics, software, services, and new uses of roadways, intersections, and sidewalks. The primary goal is to create a launchpad for entrepreneurs, innovators, designers, engineers, architects and futurists to enact real change in New York City.</p><p><strong>Blank Space</strong>&nbsp;is proud to partner with the&nbsp;<strong>NYC Mayor&rsquo;s Office</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>New Lab</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Fast Company</strong>, and&nbsp;<strong>AIA New York</strong>&nbsp;to host the challenge and support winning entries b...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149992550/history-of-the-present-mexico-city History of the Present: Mexico City Places Journal 2017-02-17T15:51:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T10:21:22-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cm/cmrokpxnjmaxc0k3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cm/cmrokpxnjmaxc0k3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cm/cmrokpxnjmaxc0k3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cm/cmrokpxnjmaxc0k3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>An unpopular president, a myth-making architect, and a multibillionaire tycoon are building an oversize airport in a nature preserve. Can they make Mexico great again?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The progressive capital of Mexico has&nbsp;a long history of massive infrastructure projects&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<em>megaproyectos</em>&nbsp;&mdash; with egalitarian aims. Daniel Brook looks at the social, political, and environmental issues surrounding the latest&nbsp;&mdash; a $13bn new airport rising on a sinking lakebed. This article is part of <em>Places'</em> ongoing series, <a href="https://placesjournal.org/series/history-of-the-present/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">History of the Present</a>, on global cities in transition.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149987132/donald-trump-taps-two-of-the-richest-developers-to-oversee-infrastructure-plan Donald Trump taps two of the richest developers to oversee infrastructure plan Nicholas Korody 2017-01-18T12:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-27T20:44:00-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9e/9ef1a3lmd21lj07j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9e/9ef1a3lmd21lj07j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9e/9ef1a3lmd21lj07j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9e/9ef1a3lmd21lj07j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Donald Trump has chosen Richard LeFrak and Steve Roth, &ldquo;two of the wealthiest men in real estate&rdquo; according to <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/bisnow/2017/01/17/donald-trump-taps-richard-lefrak-steven-roth-to-lead-new-infrastructure-council/#3e0036e76f49" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes</a>,&nbsp; to head a &ldquo;council of builders and engineers&rdquo;. This new council will be tasked with overseeing Trump&rsquo;s plan to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure. As Archinect previously <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149975615/archinect-s-2016-us-presidential-election-guide-how-trump-and-clinton-stand-on-the-issues-architects-care-about-most" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a>, the Republican infrastructure plan relies heavily on private-public partnerships, so it&rsquo;s not really a surprise that developers will be involved. That being said, scant details have been provided on how Trump plans to shore up the nation&rsquo;s crumbling infrastructure.</p><p>Roth founded Vornado, one of the most prominent real estate trusts in New York and Washington. Tornado is merging with JBG Smith, which is one of the short-listed bidders for the development of a new FBI headquarters&mdash;a $2 billion contract. The LeFrak family has played a sizable role in developing New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Miami.</p><p>In the past, the president had little to do with real estate decisions. That will likel...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149986836/geoff-manaugh-takes-a-look-inside-lax-s-impressive-airport-security-apparatus Geoff Manaugh takes a look inside LAX's impressive airport security apparatus Alexander Walter 2017-01-16T20:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:41:03-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/aj/ajs6wyk54r6wyj9u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/aj/ajs6wyk54r6wyj9u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/aj/ajs6wyk54r6wyj9u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/aj/ajs6wyk54r6wyj9u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In the summer of 2014, Anthony McGinty and Michelle Sosa were hired by Los Angeles World Airports to lead a unique, new classified intelligence unit on the West Coast. After only two years, their global scope and analytic capabilities promise to rival the agencies of a small nation-state. Their roles suggest an intriguing new direction for infrastructure protection in an era when threats are as internationally networked as they are hard to predict.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Being the world's fifth-busiest airport (74,937,004 travelers passed through LAX in 2015) makes this infrastructure megaproject one of the top-ranked terrorist and aviation targets in the country. With billions of dollars spent on the usual airport expansion and modernization projects in recent decades came also the need for enhanced anti-terrorism capabilities that gave birth to its own classified intelligence unit.</p><p>"Under the moniker of &ldquo;critical infrastructure protection,&rdquo; energy-production, transportation-logistics, waste-disposal, and other sites have been transformed from often-overlooked megaprojects on the edge of the metropolis into the heavily fortified, tactical crown jewels of the modern state," <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/01/threat-center/510644/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manaugh writes</a>. "Bridges, tunnels, ports, dams, pipelines, and airfields have an emergent geopolitical clout that now rivals democratically elected civic institutions."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149986150/all-that-data-uber-has-been-collecting-might-just-come-in-handy All that data Uber has been collecting might just come in handy Nicholas Korody 2017-01-12T12:27:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:06:08-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e6/e669obbcucezffxu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e6/e669obbcucezffxu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e6/e669obbcucezffxu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e6/e669obbcucezffxu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Uber has A rocky history with city governments&mdash;to put it mildly... Now, Uber is making something of a peace offering. The company is launching a new service that could help cities master their traffic. It&rsquo;s called Uber Movement, and it uses information on the billions of rides Uber has completed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Uber Movement is free for the select planning agencies and researchers granted access to it. With it, you can gauge travel times between any two locations. Since, as Uber's chief of transportation policy notes, Uber doesn't actually do any urban planning, they figure they might as well give all this information to the people who do. And, hey, maybe it'll help the ride-sharing company cozy up to previously hostile city governments.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149986014/65-000-new-streetlights-illuminate-detroit-here-s-why-that-s-important 65,000 new streetlights illuminate Detroit—here's why that's important Nicholas Korody 2017-01-11T18:29:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T14:02:45-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3v/3vhncyre6xkd26a9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3v/3vhncyre6xkd26a9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3v/3vhncyre6xkd26a9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3v/3vhncyre6xkd26a9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/15010/michael-kimmelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman</a> of the <em>New York Times</em> has <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/arts/the-lights-are-on-in-detroit.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published</a> an article about the 65,000 new streetlights now illuminating the streets of Detroit. This seemingly prosaic infrastructural adjustment actually has a lot of import. For a long time, according to the article, Detroit&rsquo;s decline was symbolically represented in articles about its lights going out. &ldquo;Like picking up the trash, fixing potholes and responding to emergencies, these efforts signal that no matter where you live in Detroit, you are no longer forgotten &mdash; that government here can finally keep its basic promises,&rdquo; writes Kimmelman.</p><p>Rather than staying concentrated in the inner-city, like most capital and growth, the lights spread across Detroit&rsquo;s entire 139 miles. Costing $185 million in public money, the lights use energy-efficient LED bulbs. And the whole project came together under budget and on time.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149983672/elaine-chao-wants-speedier-approvals-for-dot-s-infrastructure-projects Elaine Chao wants speedier approvals for DOT's infrastructure projects Julia Ingalls 2016-12-22T16:22:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T08:28:58-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p3/p3au7tzovzk69kgh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p3/p3au7tzovzk69kgh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p3/p3au7tzovzk69kgh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p3/p3au7tzovzk69kgh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Nominee for Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao laid out her vision for DOT should the senate confirm her, and it's heavy on lifting regulations while breezing past funding issues. According to <a href="http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-transportation/2016/12/chaos-agenda-for-dot-217978" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Politico</a>:</p><p><em>Chao said she wants to reduce "regulatory burdens when appropriate." And she hopes to speed up project approvals regardless of whether infrastructure programs get a funding boost. &ldquo;With or without a new infusion of funds, it is necessary to look at the existing processes for infrastructure development and find more efficient ways to address bottlenecks in planning and permitting,&rdquo; Chao said. That response indicates Chao isn&rsquo;t assuming Congress will pass a large infrastructure spending package.</em></p><p>For more on Trump's political cabinet of curiosities:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980853/trump-nominates-elaine-chao-for-secretary-of-transportation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump nominates Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982839/former-texas-governor-rick-perry-nominated-as-secretary-of-u-s-department-of-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Former Texas Governor Rick Perry nominated as Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149983530/before-trump-has-even-taken-office-his-infrastructure-plan-faces-an-uncertain-future Before Trump has even taken office, his infrastructure plan faces an uncertain future Nicholas Korody 2016-12-21T12:05:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T20:19:53-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kj/kj31y1wtkl9ngiyl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kj/kj31y1wtkl9ngiyl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kj/kj31y1wtkl9ngiyl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kj/kj31y1wtkl9ngiyl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It's not at all clear that President-elect Donald Trump's plans to spend massively on infrastructure are going to unfold as he promised. Trump made rebuilding the nation's aging roads, bridges and airports very much part of his job-creation strategy in the presidential race. But lately lobbyists have begun to fear that there won't be an infrastructure proposal at all, or at least not the grand plan they'd been led to expect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on President-elect Trump:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982839/former-texas-governor-rick-perry-nominated-as-secretary-of-u-s-department-of-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Former Texas Governor Rick Perry nominated as Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982125/cities-should-be-very-wary-of-trump-s-plan-for-urban-renewal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cities should be very wary of Trump's 'Plan for Urban Renewal'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979660/trump-pilfers-clinton-s-plan-for-an-infrastructure-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979625/why-is-trump-seeking-private-equity-for-public-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why is Trump seeking private equity for public infrastructure?</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149979660/trump-pilfers-clinton-s-plan-for-an-infrastructure-bank Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank' Nicholas Korody 2016-11-21T13:51:00-05:00 >2016-11-21T13:51:10-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cl/clutcg0ajrw8ienf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cl/clutcg0ajrw8ienf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cl/clutcg0ajrw8ienf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cl/clutcg0ajrw8ienf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A key member of Donald Trump&rsquo;s transition team said the incoming administration is exploring ways to fund fixing bridges and roads including by establishing an &ldquo;infrastructure bank,&rdquo; a concept Hillary Clinton promoted and the Republican&rsquo;s campaign had previously derided. [...] Trump&rsquo;s campaign had criticized Clinton&rsquo;s proposed infrastructure bank as being &ldquo;controlled by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington&rdquo; and funded by a &ldquo;$275 billion tax increase on American businesses.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Find out more about Trump and Clinton's plans to remedy America's crumbling infrastructure <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149975615/archinect-s-2016-us-presidential-election-guide-how-trump-and-clinton-stand-on-the-issues-architects-care-about-most" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on the President-elect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump" target="_blank">Architects Respond to the AIA&rsquo;s Statement in Support of President-Elect Donald Trump</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979352/compared-to-aia-letters-issued-during-obama-s-election-ceo-robert-ivy-s-statement-on-trump-is-far-from-business-as-usual" target="_blank">Compared to AIA letters issued during Obama's election, CEO Robert Ivy's statement on Trump is far from "business as usual"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979049/trump-says-climate-change-is-a-hoax-yet-moves-to-protect-his-properties-from-sea-level-rise" target="_blank">Trump says climate change is a "hoax", yet moves to protect his properties from sea level rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149978660/frank-gehry-might-bail-on-the-u-s-now-that-trump-s-been-elected" target="_blank">Frank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been elected</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149979625/why-is-trump-seeking-private-equity-for-public-infrastructure Why is Trump seeking private equity for public infrastructure? Julia Ingalls 2016-11-21T12:51:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T09:23:40-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jh/jhua4w6qw4pljkey.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jh/jhua4w6qw4pljkey.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jh/jhua4w6qw4pljkey.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jh/jhua4w6qw4pljkey.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The indefatigable Paul Krugman takes a closer look at Trump's proposed infrastructure funding plans in his column for&nbsp;<a href="http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/infrastructure-build-or-privatization-scam/?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, wondering why the President-elect would seek private equity for public projects. Is this a profiteering scheme that sneakily privatizes ownership of traditionally publicly accessible resources (like water, for example)?</p><p>As Krugman notes about Trump's plan: "Crucially, it&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>not</em>&nbsp;a plan to borrow $1 trillion and spend it on much-needed projects &mdash; which would be the straightforward, obvious thing to do. It is, instead, supposed to involve having private investors do the work both of raising money and building the projects &mdash; with the aid of a huge tax credit that gives them back 82% of the equity they put in. To compensate for the small sliver of additional equity and the interest on their borrowing, the private investors then have to somehow make profits on the assets they end up owning."</p><p>For more on how architects are reacting to the Presidential elect...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149977832/president-elect-donald-trump-renews-pledge-to-invest-in-american-infrastructure President-elect Donald Trump renews pledge to invest in American infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2016-11-10T13:45:00-05:00 >2016-11-17T10:03:51-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tf/tf7simx73o8fdili.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tf/tf7simx73o8fdili.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tf/tf7simx73o8fdili.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tf/tf7simx73o8fdili.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>US President-Elect Donald Trump, who built his business on constructing towers, used his victory speech early today in New York to repeat his pledge to put &ldquo;millions of people to work&rdquo; rebuilding American infrastructure, airports, schools and hospitals. [...] &ldquo;We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals,&rdquo; he said to whoops and applause.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none, and we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.&rdquo;</em></p><p>More on how the Trump residency may impact the built environment:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977696/aia-releases-statement-on-2016-u-s-election-results-will-trump-s-relations-with-architects-change" target="_blank">AIA releases statement on 2016 U.S. Election results &mdash; Will Trump's relations with architects change?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975002/touring-trump-tower-where-a-lot-glitters-that-s-not-gold" target="_blank">Touring Trump Tower, where a lot glitters that's not gold</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974546/a-friend-in-deed-chicago-tribune-architecture-critic-blair-kamin-discusses-his-rocky-relationship-with-donald-trump-on-archinect-sessions-86" target="_blank">A Friend in Deed: Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin discusses his rocky relationship with Donald Trump, on Archinect Sessions #86</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149975615/archinect-s-2016-us-presidential-election-guide-how-trump-and-clinton-stand-on-the-issues-architects-care-about-most" target="_blank">Archinect&rsquo;s 2016 US Presidential Election Guide: How Trump and Clinton Stand on the Issues Architects Care about Most</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149975569/tracing-new-york-s-waste-management Tracing New York's waste management Nicholas Korody 2016-10-27T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-10-27T13:28:06-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0u/0uco4sejbzj2i8me.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0u/0uco4sejbzj2i8me.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0u/0uco4sejbzj2i8me.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0u/0uco4sejbzj2i8me.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Each day, New York&rsquo;s public garbage trucks collect nearly 7,000 tonnes of residential mixed solid waste. After finishing their routes, most of these trucks will deposit the garbage in one of New York&rsquo;s waste transfer stations located throughout the city. From there, the garbage will eventually be loaded on to a barge or train and carried as far as 600 miles to its final stop. For most of New York&rsquo;s mixed solid waste (about 80% of it by tonnage), this last stop will be a landfill.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The remaining 20% will end up at a waste-to-energy plant, where it will be incinerated and converted into energy."</em></p><p>For more on the infrastructure of waste, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal" target="_blank">Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149935294/geotectura-s-zerohome-turns-waste-into-shelter" target="_blank">Geotectura's ZeroHome turns waste into shelter</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103711909/student-works-this-house-made-of-trash-teaches-a-lesson-in-green-housekeeping" target="_blank">Student Works: This house made of trash teaches a lesson in green housekeeping</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149975398/next-architects-design-a-swooping-mobius-strip-bridge-for-changsha-china NEXT Architects design a swooping "Mobius strip" bridge for Changsha, China Nicholas Korody 2016-10-26T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T00:07:13-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iq/iqxukr36wnue612y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iq/iqxukr36wnue612y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iq/iqxukr36wnue612y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iq/iqxukr36wnue612y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Dutch-Chinese firm NEXT Architects has a well-deserved reputation for designing eye-catching bridges. Their latest project, a bright red, Mobius strip-like pedestrian bridge for the Chinese city of Changsha, is set to become another jewel in their portfolio.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u0/u06tt3wyds2mdqg1.jpg"></p><p>185 metres long and 24 metres tall, the &ldquo;Lucky Knot&rdquo; bridge will span the Dragon King Harbour River in Changsha&rsquo;s &lsquo;New Lake District&rsquo; development. The bridge will offer views of the nearby Meixi Lake and the mountain range that surrounds the city.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gk/gkwhimywfzybbudh.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The shape of the Lucky Knot was inspired by the principle of the Mobius ring, as well as by the Chinese knotting art. In the ancient decorative Chinese folk art, the knot symbolises luck and prosperity,&rdquo; states John van de Water, partner at NEXT architects Beijing.&nbsp;</p><p>Additional images in the gallery.</p><p>More bridges:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149973601/as-the-city-grows-bridging-manila-s-bay-could-ease-population-strain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the City Grows, Bridging Manila's Bay Could Ease Population Strain</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970065/michael-maltzan-envisions-the-future-of-la-s-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Envisions the Future of LA's Infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973148/one-of-the-iconic-arches-of-the-old-sixth-street-bridge-in-la-will-be-preserved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One of the iconic arches of the old Sixth Stree...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149975213/it-s-the-infrastructure-stupid-benefits-of-using-adaptable-strategies-to-revamp-the-u-s It's the infrastructure, stupid: benefits of using adaptable strategies to revamp the U.S. Julia Ingalls 2016-10-25T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T00:02:26-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lr/lr7qikbhxb3irk7m.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lr/lr7qikbhxb3irk7m.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lr/lr7qikbhxb3irk7m.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lr/lr7qikbhxb3irk7m.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>LIke everything else in the 21st century, infrastructure is no longer about big moves but rather about nuance, refinement,&nbsp;and creative strategy. This is the argument advocated by <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/302528-our-nations-infrastructure-will-crumble-without-resilience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hill</a>, which makes the case that all infrastructure projects should be resilient and made to serve multiple functions. As the article notes:&nbsp;</p><p>"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy there were calls for a flood wall around lower Manhattan. But the path the city, state and federal government took was far better &ndash; instead of just building a wall, they are creating a system of parks which will provide the same protection, provide additional greenspace for the city, and improve community cohesion by giving people public space to meet and socialize. Instead of gray infrastructure, the city will have a brand new park."</p><p>For more on infrastructure:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970065/michael-maltzan-envisions-the-future-of-la-s-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Envisions the Future of LA's Infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149970032/norman-foster-reimagines-global-infrastructure-strategies-in-new-essay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster reimagines global infrastructure strategies in new essay</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961409/will-brexit-kill-405b-worth-of-infrastructure-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Brexit kill &pound;405B worth of infrastructure ...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149970812/open-call-for-submissions-xxl Open Call for Submissions: "XXL" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-27T12:26:00-04:00 >2016-10-21T16:05:29-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hj/hjxy256tuhd2txst.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hj/hjxy256tuhd2txst.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hj/hjxy256tuhd2txst.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hj/hjxy256tuhd2txst.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>It&rsquo;s going to be &ldquo;yuge&rdquo;. It&rsquo;s an inflated descriptor thrown around a lot these days, but architects have always been trained to think big, whether laying out bathroom plumbing or master planning cities. Sometimes those ideas get built; sometimes others build on those ideas. This October on Archinect, we&rsquo;re exploring the many ways architects go big, with XXL.</p><p>Our open call for submissions under XXL focuses on one of the biggest strokes of architectural expression: infrastructure.</p><p><strong>&#12299;PROJECT SUBMISSIONS: Map It</strong></p><p>Transportation infrastructure is getting an unanticipated overhaul. As new networks like on-demand or <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/623347/ride-sharing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ride-sharing</a> services begin to intermesh with older, more static ones, updated expectations of living and getting around have emerged. Speed, access, and sustainability are obvious concerns, as are how they&rsquo;ll encourage (or prohibit) future urban development.</p><p>Whatever your chosen mode of transportation, create <strong>a fantasy transportation map</strong> in the city (or country, or planet) of your c...</p>